GIFTS AND GRATUITIES
Regulated Members of the Alcohol and Tobacco Industries,
and Others Concerned
As we find ourselves in the midst of another holiday
season with its accustomed celebrations, we feel it would be
appropriate to remind you in industry of the provisions of law
related to the offering or acceptance of gifts and gratuities
where Government employees are involved.
Simply stated, you, as a member of a regulated industry,
may not offer a gift or other thing of value to an ATF
employee, and he or she may not accept it. This is because
such an exchange could violate the terms of 18 U.S.C. Sections
201 (f) and (g).
We realize that a small gift offered to an ATF employee
during the holiday period may be offered with the best intentions
and in the spirit of the season. What we hope to avoid, however,
is possible embarrassment to both parties when a gift offered
must be turned down, and any situation, however innocent,
which may have the appearance of violating the law.
Best wishes for the holiday season,